All posts filed under: Things for Safety

Omhu Canes

Canes do not have the reputation of being the most stylish of accessories, unless they belong to a baddie in a James Bond film. That’s why the aptly-named “00” line of canes from Omhu—a Danish design firm focused on medical equipment and accessories—are a much welcome exception. Made from aluminum and painted with bicycle paint, the canes can support up to 300 pounds while remaining exceptionally light weight. The handles of the original Omhu/00 cane ($99) and the Omhu Tuxedo ($125) are both made of birch, finished with a non-toxic vegetable oil. The handle of the Tuxedo is stained black, though various shades of the birch can still be seen beneath the finish. Painted birch cane docks ($25 each) allow you to display the canes like works of art. The Omhu Sport’s ($49) rubber-dipped handle helps the company sell it at a more affordable price. “The rubber dipped handle is another unique and beautiful feature, and is still superior to a foam handle, which often mold with time,” says Erica Kirsch with Omhu. “The shape …

SkateBacks for iPhone 4 and 4s

Each week, enough waste material is thrown away from one skateboard factory to fill a city bus. To help find another use for the leftovers from a Costa Mesa, California-based skateboard factory, the Portland, Oregon-based iPhone and iPad accessories maker Grove collaborated with designer Lindsay Holmes of MapleXO to create a 100% post-industrial product for the iPhone 4 and 4S. While there are three general colorways to choose from, no two SkateBacks are identical — making them more desirable for those of us that don’t want to have exactly what everyone else does. The 1/16”-thick back protector easily attaches to the back of your phone with a peel-and-stick 3M adhesive that Grove claims is removable without residue. While you’d probably want something tougher to protect your phone if you are actually skateboarding, this will do just fine for those of us that gave up that pastime longer ago than we’d like to remember (mine was black and white — what color was yours?) $49.00 U.S. Ships in 2-4 weeks from Portland. All photos ©GroveMade

Dreamfarm Kitchen Gadgets

The only Australian manufacturer to win three Red Dot design awards, Dreamfarm doesn’t make new versions of old products, they invent better ones. Take Teafu for example, a gadget designed to make tea faster and stand up without any drips. First, you can use Teafu like a spoon to scoop your loose tea, then squeeze the premium-grade silicone pod with an ergonomic handle to diffuse the leaves faster and get out all the liquid before removing the infuser. If you prefer a quick drink of water to a cup of tea, then check out Tapi. Retailing for just $4.95, Tapi turns almost any faucet with a straight spout into a drinking fountain. The water-safe rubber spout eliminates the need for a cup and works with a simple squeeze. Switching to the line’s cooking gear, Chobs is a cutting board accessory that raises the board off the counter, makes it non-slip, and indicates which side of the board to use for meat or vegetables, preventing cross-contamination. Finally, Garject presses unpeeled garlic cloves, scrapes itself clean, and …

id America iPhone Cases

I drop my phone . . . a lot. I drop it way more than an adult with the full capability to use her hands should. But I absolutely hated my last iPhone case (the rigid button covers made it impossible to turn it on and off with one hand), so it’s been naked for bit —a bad thing if you drop your phone a lot. If you are like me and would rather be bare than have a crappy cover, then check out these new iPhone 4/4S accessories from New York City-based  id America. Inspired by the shape of a gasket on a performance engine, the brushed aluminum Gasket case with a “suede” inner lining shows enough skin to be sexy, while still offering protection. Gasket ($29.95) comes in six colors including the new Rally Blue (below). Also new from id America is Skyline ($24.95), a rigid-flex case offered in black, white, and pink with a simple, but fun, dot matrix pattern on the back. Finally, while not technically a case, the Cushi Stripe …

Victorinox Tomo

Victorinox, the makers of the original Swiss Army knife, have given this classic pocket companion a modern makeover with the Tomo series. Featuring a sleek rectangular shape and a fresh color line, Tomo is a unisex accessory that can slip into a pocket or be tucked into a pocketbook alike. The new design of this classic pocket knife doesn’t compromise its function — the familiar grouping of blade, nail file with cleaner, and scissors are all there. Tomo, which means “companion” or “friend” in Japanese (is it too Scarface to call your knife “friend”?), was designed by Kazuma Yamaguchi, whose work appears in design shops under the label ABITAX. Tomo comes in a beautiful carrying pouch made of 100% recycled and reusable pulp. While a nice touch, perhaps the white leather pouch option (available for $13.00 USD) is a more durable option for those days when you find yourself in a bit of trouble and need to try out some sweet MacGyver moves. Available for $24.00 USD.

Pure Water Bottle

Bad water can be as deadly as no water at all, and scientists and designers alike are searching for portable, affordable, and sustainable methods of converting dirty water from a lake, stream, or puddle into something potable. While traveling in Zambia, designer Timothy Whitehead was inspired to develop a simpler and faster way of sterilizing water than the traditional method of waiting 30 minutes for a chlorine or iodine tablet to work. The result of Whitehead’s research is Pure, a water bottle that provides clean drinking water in just two minutes using a wind-up, ultraviolet light to sterilize the water quickly without any distortion to taste common with the use of chlorine or iodine tablets. While ideal for third world countries, the bottle could also be used by hikers, the military, or anytime someone is in a remote location. To get clean water, the user first fills the bottle’s outer chamber with dirty water, which is then plunged (much like a coffee press) and filtered. The clear water is then sterilized for 90 seconds using a …